Dividends4Life: High Yield Stocks With The Cash to Cover Several Quarters of Expenses

When considering dividend stocks to add to their portfolios, investors often look for reassurance that they'll receive the payouts they're promised. The most common way of determining if a company can afford to pay its dividends is to compare them to earnings, making certain that the latter can cover the former. The problem is, it's fairly easy for management to manipulate company earnings. Cold hard cash, on the other hand, doesn't lie. So it's not a bad idea to take a look at a company's cash holdings as well.

For this list, we found high dividend yield stocks with sufficient cash to cover at least two quarters of the past year's average quarterly operating expenses. To do so, we calculated the average quarterly operating expense over the past four quarters and compared it with current cash holdings for each firm. These companies have more than twice the amount of cash needed for one quarter's operating expenses, which means they should (at least theoretically) be able to cover their high dividend payments. But of course, there are no guarantees -- be sure to use this list as a starting point for your own analysis

Source: Motley Fool

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